Irish boxer Michael O'Reilly qualifies for the Olympics

Ireland are now guaranteed to have eight boxers at the tournament

Michael O'Reilly, Ireland, boxing

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Middleweight boxer Michael O'Reilly has secured a place at the Rio Olympics after winning in Baku on Thursday afternoon. 

O'Reilly produced a strong display to beat Shinebayor Narmandakh of Mongolia and Tuesday, and Kamran Shakhsuvarly of Azerbaijan on Thursday, which clinched his spot at this year's Games. 

There will now be eight Irish boxers at the tournament (seven male fighters and Katie Taylor), meaning that there is a very good chance that the team will home with medals around their necks. 

A number of journalists and fans have taken to Twitter since he qualified to send their congratulations, highlighting the fantastic individual achievement as well as the collective strength to the Irish boxing unit.